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August 24, 2012 9:53 am

Obama’s Warning to Syria Comes Amid Iranian Directives to Transfer Chemical Weapons to Hezbollah

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President Obama talks with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan during G-20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, June 19, 2012. Photo: wiki commons.

Information gathered by U.S. intelligence officials that Iran’s leadership has pressed Bashar al-Assad in Syria to move stockpiles of his chemical weaponry to Hezbollah led to President Obama’s remarks earlier this week that any deployment of Syrian chemical weapons would be a “red line” for the U.S., according to the Maariv Newspaper in Israel.

“We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region, that that’s a red line for us, and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front, or the use of chemical weapons,” President Obama said on Monday. “That would change my calculations significantly.”

According to the Maariv report on Friday, Iran is making the request to Assad because the country’s leadership does not believe the Syrian strongman will hold on to power for very long.  Syria acknowledged it’s arsenal of chemical and biological weapons last month, and the stockpile is believed to be one the largest in the world.

In late July, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned about Syria’s chemical weapons falling into the hands of Hezbollah.

“Could you imagine Hezbollah, the people who are conducting with Iran all these terror attacks around the world – could you imagine them having chemical weapons? It would be like al-Qaida having chemical weapons,” he said.

The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this week that the U.S. military does have a contingency plan in place for securing Syria’s chemical weapons, while on Thursday, Turkish and U.S. officials met in Ankara to discuss plans to counter the threat posed by Syrian chemical stockpiles, as the country continues to destabilize.

“That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria. It concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel,” Obama said on Monday.  “It concerns us. We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people.”

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  • Nick

    Tony Wicher your insane. Get a job

  • The terror attacks are being launched not by Hezbollah or Iran or Syria but against Syria by Sunni Moslem Al Qaeda Nazi mercenaries organized armed and funded by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and the oil emirates at the direction of their imperial masters, the US and Great Britan. These are Israel’s allies? They are Nazis and they are your real enemies, not Iran and Syria and they will turn on Israel in due course. The Nazi Muslim brotherhood now runs Egypt with the blessing and support of NATO.

  • StepheN

    I don’t believe Obama can be trusted, but I do know that Israel will defend herself, and I know the prophecy that says Damascus can disappear in one night. I feel sorry for the poor citizens who want Assad out. The “collateral damage” at the end of this oncoming battle will be unimaginably awful.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    I agree that Syria chemical or biological stock pile need to be dispose safely.If is not a misleading information. I think that Obama got a big mouth with a week hand and is really unreliable. USA will not act on even if the Muslim extremist can take control of the arm!
    Iran-Russia and their supporter are playing a very clever deadly game. USA are to fright to act and Europe is in worse condition.
    The only hope is God and his Son Jesus.